The 2022-2023 Flagpole Guide To Athens, GA


Athens’ many annual events include festivals, parades, fundraisers, sporting events, craft markets and outdoor fun among other things. After COVID shuffled around and postponed many favorites, a lot of familiar happenings have returned. Check Flagpole’s weekly calendar in print and at for a comprehensive community events roundup.

UGA Home Football Games 2022 | Dawg fans fill the stadium and overflow to occupy every nearby space with a TV and a tap. Sept. 10 Samford • Sept. 24 Kent State • Oct. 8 Auburn • Oct. 15 Vanderbilt • Nov. 5 Tennessee • Nov. 26 Georgia Tech.

Pride Fest | Sept. 17, 2022 | Welcoming and inclusive to all, this LGBTQIA+ community celebration also highlights local resources and activities.

Groovy Nights | Sept. 24, 2022 | Get your groove on with Project Safe for a ‘70s vs. ‘80s lip sync battle at the VFW.

North Georgia Folk Festival
| Sept. 24, 2022 | Enjoy a day of outstanding folk music at sprawling Sandy Creek Park.

Wildwood Revival | Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2022 | A grown-up, camp-out, upscale, ecology-friendly festival of music from country to rock to jazz to hip hop and more.

LatinxFest | Oct. 1, 2022 | Celebrate with the local Latinx community during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard | Oct. 2, 2022 | Rain or shine, show off your pup’s best Halloween attire.

PorchFest | Oct. 2, 2022 | The Athens music scene kicks up on front porches all over Athens’ walkable intown neighborhoods for a tuneful afternoon/evening ramble.

AthHalf | Oct. 22–23, 2022 | AthFest Educates’ half-marathon and 5K highlights live music along its meandering course and is designed to showcase Athens and UGA.

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 29, 2022 | Don your best costume and howl at the moon on Halloween weekend. Kids events, music and more.

Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 1, 2022 | Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus make their way through downtown and wind up at City Hall for a tree-lighting ceremony.

Indie South Fair
| Dec. 10–11, 2022 | This large outdoor market of handcrafted and functional art has several other events throughout the year.

MLK Day Parade and Music Fest | Jan. 16, 2023 | The festival and the parade through downtown are sponsored by the Athens Anti-discrimination Movement and include music, dance, speeches and vendors.

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Mar. 18, 2023 | Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe at the Classic Center.

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 25, 2023 | Comic and zine creators (lots of them) get together annually to share and sell their stuff at the 40 Watt Club.

Boybutante Ball | April 2023 | A glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.

International Street Festival | April 2023 | Student and community groups present a day of music, art, food and more to showcase cultures from around the world.

G-Day Game | Apr. 15, 2023 | UGA’s free spring scrimmage provides fans a first look at next year’s football team.

Twilight Criterium
| Apr. 21–23, 2023 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown and includes lots of associated activities.

Indie South Fair | May 6–7, 2023 | This large outdoor market of handcrafted and functional art has several other events throughout the year.

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 13, 2023 | Music, food, arts and a day of fun for all ages in a quirky, cool pocket of Clarke County.

Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival | June 2023 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating local black culture and commerce.

Pride Parade | June 2023 | After Athens’ first overwhelmingly successful Pride Parade, the celebration will return downtown with floats, music, vendors and food.

AthFest Music and Arts Festival | June 23–25, 2023 | Local and regional bands play the free outdoor stages located in downtown Athens. There’s also an artist market, kids activities, food and drink and more.

Star-Spangled Classic | July 1, 2023 | Celebrate American independence with a fireworks display launched from Athens Ben Epps Airport.